Three Gorges Speedcruise
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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We boarded the bus with Rorie and Erica not concerned at all and Emer and I full of paranoia watching the luggage doors like hawks to make sure no one was theiving our bags. The scenery had again been fantastic with loads of hills and rice paddies, Chairman Mao would still be proud of just how much land is being used productively. After a four hour bus ride we still hadnt arrived then the bus driver pulled over for petrol (we expected the bus to take 4 hours and we still didn't seem to even be near the town and we still had to get from the bus to the ferry. Then a man told us the bus driver said we had to get off and get into a taxi? It all started to feel like one of those travel experiences where things were falling to pieces and we were now getting ripped off
The gorges were abosolutely amazing and I can only imagine how nice they were before the Yangtze Dam was built (my Mum and Dad visited at this time). We were told by a chinese man who lived in London for a while (he was taking photo's for the ferry company to try and get more tourists to use this service) that the dam raised water levels by 100m which sounds unbelievable but I do remember Mum and Dad saying just how many people would be displaced. The boat took 6.5 hours and the time on board just flew by.
We finally arrived at the dam where we would disembark and board another bus to Yichang from Tai Ping. A real commotion as they couldn't fit us on any buses but we did end up being able to get on one all sat seperatly
We went for a walk to find something to eat and were amazed by the number of fish tanks, chicken cages, people descaling fish on the pavement etc. Anther insight into the chinese old school. Really really interesting. I think we are partically dreading and partially looking forward to seeing other tourists as travel should be easier but the big cities have very little of the traditional life.
Also dissapointingly Rorie and Emer had lost their Ipod touch with wireless internet connection so this took a bit of a shine off what had been an incredible day or two. Like they say though if it takes us 10 months to lose something of value (of which we hardly have anything) we would not be too distraught.
We got another early night as the man was meeting us at 7am (although Erica is obsessed she is meeting him at 06:30 and he is taking her for breakfast).